Thursday, March 31st, 2011

MAC Quite Cute Lipsticks
MAC Quite Cute Lipsticks in Candy Yum-Yum and Quite Cute

MAC Quite Cute Lipstick Swatches, Photos, Reviews

MAC Quite Cute Lipsticks ($14.50 for 0.10 oz.) feature four shades new and limited edition shades, plus one repromote (Saint Germain). The shades included are: Candy Yum-Yum (matte neon pink), Quite Cute (creamy bright whitened lavender), Saint Germain (clean pastel pink), Playing Koi (creamy white peach pink), and Playtime (creamy intense violet).

  • Candy Yum-Yum is a neon, magenta pink with a matte finish. It’s nearly glowing in its brightness. On me, the blue undertones seem to be pulled out. I feel like I’ve seen this color, but whenever I compare it to a possible dupe, it isn’t pink enough (purpler instead). It’s pinker than Madly Magenta cream colour base (from Stylishly Yours, ’10). It is surprisingly creamy and not at all clingy for a matte. The closest I found was Petals & Peacocks, which is several degrees brighter (Give Me Liberty of London, ’10).
  • Quite Cute is a semi-opaque pale lavender with a semi-glossy finish. It has a cremesheen finish, and it has the same texture, but the finish seems glossier to me. It’s a paler, sheerer version of Blooming Lovely (Give Me Liberty of London, ’10). Pinker than Lavender Whip.  On cooler skin tones, this is easier to work with, while warmer skin tones may want to pair with a more pigmented lipstick/gloss.
  • Saint Germain is a really pale, cool-toned pink that is blue-based. It’s been released several times, and you can see an older swatch here. It is best suited for those with cooler skin tones. The closest permanent dupe is Snob, but I believe this was mad epermanent last year.
  • Playing Koi is an opaque pinky peach with a satin finish. Honestly, this lipstick looked like garbage on my lips–it highlighted every single imperfection and amplified them ten-fold. I exfoliate my lips every few days, and for reference, I exfoliated right before doing this swatch! The color itself is like Angel and Hue had a baby.
  • Playtime is a semi-sheer magenta purple with soft sheen and shimmer. It has a cremesheen finish. It’s similar to Style Curve (from Stylishly Yours), but this is purpler, less fuchsia.

my thoughts on the formula: MAC Lipsticks are vanilla-scented but taste-free. I typically get four hours of wear, but some of the lighter lustre and glaze finishes tend to disappear by hour three. Amplified cremes and amplified finishes, however, tend to go beyond four. I find the formula comfortable to wear and not drying (but not moisturizing–a couple of the matte shades can be drying).

The Glossover


MAC Quite Cute Lipstick Swatches, Photos, Reviews

They act and feel like your average MAC lipstick (according to its finish). Actually, the matte finish of Candy Yum-Yum was surprisingly comfortable (and not at all matte-like). Playing Koi’s texture brings out the imperfections of the lips and makes them look dry, even though it does not feel like a particularly dry lipstick.











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MAC Quite Cute Lipsticks
MAC Quite Cute Lipsticks in Candy Yum-Yum and Quite Cute

MAC Quite Cute Lipsticks
MAC Quite Cute Lipsticks in Candy Yum-Yum and Quite Cute

MAC Quite Cute Lipsticks
MAC Quite Cute Lipsticks in Candy Yum-Yum and Quite Cute

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Product & Review FAQ

What makeup are you wearing?

MAC Cutie Eyeshadow Quad on eyes, Urban Decay Asphyxia 24/7 Liner on lower lash line, Buxom Lash Mascara, Make Up For Ever HD Foundation, MAC Miss Behave Mineralize Blush on cheeks (with MAC Candy Yum-Yum) / Sakura Mineralize Blush on cheeks (with MAC Quite Cute).

Where can I purchase the lipstick? How much is it?

MAC Cosmetics on April 7th in-stores, approximately April 4th online -- $14.50.

Is it limited edition?


Any dupes?

See individual shade for suggestions.

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197 thoughts on “MAC Quite Cute Lipstick Swatches, Photos, Reviews

  1. Tina

    Thank you so much for posting the ingredients! It’s so difficult finding out what’s in products. I never paid attention to ingredients until I got pregnant and started to watch everything that goes in or on my body. It’s very much appreciated!

  2. Kristina

    I love love love Candy Yum Yum and Playing Koi. I actually got to swatch it at my local Mac two days ago and I fell in love with it even more! I think Playing Koi looks different than what I’m seeing in this blog. Here’s another swatch from another blog that may change other people’s minds about it.

  3. Jill

    Love Candy Yum-Yum and Playtime!

  4. Playtime and Quite Cute for me :)I missed out on Style Curve, and it looks like Playtime will be just as good. I love how glossy Quite Cute and Playtime look! Sad that Playing Koi looks so terrible on the lips though :( On the bright side, that means I will spend less money!

  5. Piarpreet

    can you please compare quite cute to lavender whip and play time with up the amp??????

  6. jackie

    Would playing koi be fine with a gloss over it?

  7. S

    Playtime really brings out the green in your eyes :)

  8. I’ve bought Candy Yum Yum but skipped the others although I liked the look of Playing Koi and Playtime I thought Playing Koi was dupeable and I already have purple lipsticks. Now I’ve seen your swatches, Playing Koi is awful but I so want Playtime, it just looks beautiful and very wearable compared to most purples and I like the sheerness of it. I will have to try to pick that up tomorrow. I’ve already got a list of products to check out when I’m in town from your site haha!

  9. I fell in love with Candy Yum Yum on photo’s…really like your post

  10. Morena123

    Wow, well im not fair-skinned but since visiting temptalias page (for 1 year) this is my first time seeing a collection from MAC where I want just about everything and plan on buying it.

    I want 3 of the lipsticks
    – DEFINITELY Candy Yum Yum
    – Playtime (I have style Curve already so I might skip this one. Im running low on it already though)
    – Quite Cute (will try in store first before buying)

    I am actually interested in the palette, i know that christine mentioned its more for fair skin, but I have brown skin you would think it will show up better on a darker “canvass” and I have other pastel colors from MAC (Fresh & Easy fro The Groove Collection and both light pink lipsticks), will definitely check that out.

    I saw the blush swatches on youtube from another user and I LOVED the colors, so I want one of those, its exactly what im looking for, something thats not too pigmented.

    Oh and I love the nail polishes!! I want the pink one and aybe the green. I’m not sure about the purple one yet

  11. JessicaM

    Christine, Is Candy Yum Yum similar to Show Orchid? Which one do you think is more suitable for NC 25?:)

    • No, it’s not! Show Orchid!

      • Carla N.

        I completely agree that Show Orchid and Candy Yum-Yum are *not* dupes.
        They are both screamin’ bright, true, but Show Orchid is a teeeeeny bit deeper, with a dash of purple, while Candy Yum-Yum is pure unapologetic fluoresecent PIIIIINK. I just love it.
        However, I found Playtime to be a little “meh” on NW15 me. It’s almost like a very dilute version of Violetta. I love Violetta much more!

  12. Melissa

    Do you think candy yum yum and playtime will be too bright for chocolate skin complexion women? Usually pink is too bright for me but pinks that have a purple base tend to look good on me. I think Im NC 50. I dont know if you know who Naomi Campbell is but I am about her complexion

  13. I want that hot pink lipstick!

  14. anna

    So far every swatch I’ve seen of Playing Koi has not been flattering… I guess I’ll pass on it.

  15. Lindsay

    Did you have any issues applying Quite Cute? I have heard a few complain that it applies patchy. Your application looks great, so I was wondering if you had that issue. Thanks for the review once again!

  16. Marie

    Playing Koi & Playtime… luvs it

  17. Mercedez

    eww….Playing Coy..was nasty girl…I can see what you mean..But the rest looked nice on you..I don’t know how you do it..The exact same pose and smile..for each and every picture..[lol]..:D

  18. Rah

    I simply can not wait to put these on my face! I am most excited about Candy Yum-Yum, but the purples make me smile too!

  19. Jen

    Thank you so much for posting ingredients! I love the matte in this set.

  20. Cassie

    CHRISTINE-what about MUFE’s Rouge Artist Intense lipstick in shade 36 (satin fuchsia) for a dupe of Candy Yum Yum? I’m loving CYY but don’t want to buy it if it is similar to the one I already have from MUFE.

    • I don’t have that, sorry!

    • Eva

      I have both of those shades! They’re sort of close. CYY is straight PINK! Think a step from pink highlighters–it practically glows next to my fair skin. MUFE is fuchsia so next to CYY it looks a bit redder, and MUFE has a bit of a sheen to it where MAC is a straight matte. Personally I like the texture of the MUFE a little more but the colors are different enough for me to justify owning both.

  21. Sophia

    Is playing koi similar to illamasqua obey, because they look exactly alike.

  22. i find with the lustre’s they do tend to fade easy. this is a quick fix all you got to do is put a wee bit of clear glass or some dazzle glass ontop of it and your lipstick will last longer.

  23. Wooow I totally love “Candy yum-yum” and “Playtime”. <3 They look awsome on you!

  24. Amber

    I was just looking and about to buy Playing Koi, I’m so glad I looked at your swatches first! I was so lucky I didn’t just waste £13, thank you xx

  25. Lynn

    Hi! I love your blog, and these swatches make me want Candy Yum-Yum so badly. A quick question, though, if you don’t mind? :)

    Are you familiar with YSL Provocative Pink? Would it be worth getting Candy Yum-Yum if I already own that? I love hot pink lips, but I don’t want to buy a dupe.


  26. Ms. Z

    Play Time looks great on you.

    • Carla N.

      Even though I LOOVE bright lips, I was going to make myself pass on this collection.
      However, it soon became obvious that I *need* Candy Yum-Yum (kind of a goofily named lipstick for a 46-year-old college graduate to own)so I gave myself permission to buy that one, as soon as it went online.
      So, beginning on Tuesday of this week, I “stalked” the MAC site, and waited. And waited.
      And waited.
      Then I went to, and the collection’s promotional image was there, but the only lipstick offered was St. Germain, in which I have not the slightest interest.
      In a flash of inspiration late yesterday afternoon, I went to the MAC site and searched “Quite Cute,” and there it was!
      I figured, apparently correctly, that Candy Yum-Yum would sell out in a hurry, so I fired off an order for it, and remembering what I’d seen on this site, threw in Play Time, too.
      I can hardly wait to get them!
      What liner does everybody like with Play Time?

  27. Eva

    I checked the website this morning to see that CYY said ‘sold out’, but I just checked again and it looks to be back in stock. Anyway, since it was sold out this morning I went and picked up the last tube (yay, lucky me!) at my MAC counter and I’m so glad I did! I have super-fair cool-toned skin and this is absolutely the crazy pink for me. Still may go back for Playtime and two (or three, haha) of the nail polishes.

  28. playing koi matches you so much

  29. toni

    hey Christine, will Candy yum-yum looks good on my NC42 skin?

  30. Sydney

    I MUST get Candy Yum Yum! It’s sold out online, so if they don’t have it at my MAC store or counter, I might cry… lol. But if they do, I’m buying two… would buy three be pushing it?

    • Carla N.

      Those of you looking for Candy Yum-Yum: You might try phoning MAC at
      1-800-387-6707. I’ve sometimes been able to obtain “sold out” items at retail price by phoning that number and ordering directly from MAC.
      If you don’t mind paying a bit more than retail, I’ve heard that has still got some.
      Happy hunting!

  31. April

    What would you say is a dupe for play time on the permanent line?

  32. Sam

    I got quite cute, and I really like it. I wish I would have gotten Candy Yum Yum, but I didn’t because it reminded me A LOT of Make Up Forever’s #36 lipstick. I am shocked that Playing Koi sold out almost instantly though…

  33. Carla N.

    I’m really glad I’m getting both Candy Yum-Yum and Playtime; I fired off an order for both at the same time last Thursday, when they were still in stock on the MAC site.
    None of the others appeal to me; Quite Cute reminds me of sort of a second coming of Lavender Whip, which is a fun color but rather difficult to wear. Playing Koi and St. Germaine are just not my kind of colors.

  34. xara

    Hi christine, you site is great,i check it every day.The photos of swatches are my favurite thing.I want to ask you if playtime will fit me or will be too dark on me cause i have really pigmented red lips.I can’t tell if it is bright or dark.

  35. Isa

    Just bought the last Candy Yum-Yum in our MAC store here in Mainz (Germany) 😀 Love it!
    Can you believe it, Quite Cute was released in Germany just yesterday?!

  36. Mayu

    So apparently, I was living under a rock the whole time this collection as been out and stayed there long enough for the collection to be discontinued.. *cries* So Temptalia, I know you’ve probbaly gotten this question like a million times, but do you know where I can get “Candy Yum-Yum” from at a reasonable price(under $50)?

  37. fetish

    hi, have you tried mac pro longwear lipcreme in love forever? cos im torn between candy yumyum and love forever!!!! i havent tried any of those two. thanks alot!!!

  38. TLC

    I am LOVING the Candy Yum Yum!! I gotta have that one! I like the Playing Koi as well, although not as much but it’s a nice neutral type color. The other two I’m not impressed with. I can honestly say I really don’t care for the Quite Cute. It’s a little icky looking IMO. :/

  39. marilo

    hi, do you think that candy yum yum is similar to barrym lip paint 52? they look similar in photos.

  40. sadista

    I got playtime, but since I’m Asian, I’m a NC30, but a bit yellowy, I’m afraid of wearing it! Well, the truth is I have no clue how to pull it off!
    Any advice? =]

  41. Hana

    Playing koi is beautiful! Gotta get it!!!! Once I have the money, that is…. :((((

  42. I love all of your detailed review ^_^
    thanks so much for sharing with us.

    I have to buy MÄC “Candy Yum Yum” soon



  43. Kimbra

    Hello Christine!  Thank you for providing your review and swatches – I greatly appreciate your site and passion.  Would you recommend MAC’s Candy Yum-Yum over OCC’s Lip Tar in Anime?  I know that both are neon pinks, which is what I am aiming for, but would like a pigment that is not practical-joke-bright and could easily transition from office to happy hour to night out.  Any insight and feedback is welcome and appreciated!  Thank you!  All the best!